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29th August, 2018

Group hopes to save Nagy statue

A group campaigning against cabinet plans to remove the statue of Imre Nagy from Vértanúk tere near Parliament closed the square to all traffic in a Monday evening protest.

The group began collecting signatures on Tuesday in support of its campaign.

The life-size statue of Nagy, designed specifically for its current location, was unveiled on June 6, 1996, one day before the centenary of the birth of the martyred prime minister.

A cabinet resolution issued on August 13 states that Vértanúk tere must be rebuilt. it does not mention the statue, but Tamás Wachsler, head of the organisation that will oversee the project, confirmed that there are plans to relocate the statue, possibly to Jászai Mari tér.

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